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Are you concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance and your ability to chew food easily? You may benefit from dental implants, the newest option to replace missing teeth. Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, answer a few common questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth, starting with the root. The small titanium post acts a replacement root, supporting and anchoring the dental crown that will eventually be attached to it. The implant process begins with a minor oral surgical procedure in our Miami Lakes office. During the procedure, the implant is placed in a small opening made in your jaw. Thanks to titanium's unique ability to bond to bone, your implant fuses to your jawbone in approximately three to six months. Once the implant fully bonds, or osseointegrates, it's topped with a dental crown, an artificial tooth that looks just like your natural teeth.
Who can benefit from implants?
Implants are a good choice for most people who want to restore lost teeth. Although many people know that implants can replace single missing teeth, not as many realize that it's possible to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to removable full dentures and also help you avoid loss of biting power that can occur when you wear full dentures.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You're tired of dealing with the hassles of a missing tooth. If you don't like the way you look, or you find eating to be a much more difficult experience after tooth loss, you can benefit from dental implants.
- Your gums are healthy. Healthy gums help hold in your implant in place. If you lost a tooth due to gum disease, you'll need to be completely disease-free before you begin the implant process.
- You have good jawbone depth. A shallow jawbone can't adequately support an implant. As a result, it may become loose. Luckily, the jawbone can be deepened with bone grafts in many cases.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good restoration option for you? Call Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, at (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment.
Although your teeth aren't very big, losing one can affect your life and your smile more than you may realize. Your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center explain several benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants help your social and professional life
Tooth loss may seem like a trivial reason to reject an applicant, but problems with your smile can influence a prospective employer's opinion of you. A gap-toothed smile may also affect your social life, particularly if you feel so self-conscious about that missing tooth that you stop smiling. Dental implants replace your missing teeth and will usually last your entire life if you care for them properly. The implant replaces the roots of your teeth, while a crown is added to take the place of your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implants keep your other teeth straight
After you lose one tooth, the surrounding teeth lose an important support system. Without the missing tooth to help keep them upright, they begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth. As they drift, the teeth begin to overlap, which can ruin previous orthodontic work. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but ensure that surrounding teeth stay where they belong.
Dental implants may reduce or prevent further tooth loss
Your teeth aren't just needed to eat. They also play an important role in maintaining the health of your jaw. Teeth roots constantly stimulate the underlying bone and keep it strong. Without sufficient stimulation, your jawbone weakens. Eventually, it can become too weak to adequately support your teeth, and they may become loose. Dental implants prevent your jawbone from weakening because they stimulate the bone as effectively as natural roots.
The implant process is easy
During the first step in the implant process, your dentist creates a hole in your jawbone and places the implant. In approximately three to six months, the implant fuses to your bone. After bonding occurs, a crown that looks just like a natural tooth is attached to the implant. You may even receive your new crown at the same time you get your dental implant if your new tooth will not be subjected to strong biting forces. Once the crown is attached, the tooth will feel very much like a natural tooth.
Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center. Call (305) 827-9148 to schedule an appointment.
Faced with replacing missing teeth, patients have several options: fixed bridgework, partial or full dentures, and dental implants. Which one should you pick? If you are leaning toward dental implants, Dr. Ana Maderal-Cozad. Miami Lakes dental implant dentist can tell you how she re-creates smiles with this modern tooth replacement choice. She evaluates patient health and bone structure to help individuals answer, "Are dental implants right for me?"
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are synthetic teeth comprised of three parts:
- a titanium screw inserted into the empty tooth socket during an in-office surgery
- a metal abutment or post placed onto the implant after the surgical site has healed
- a porcelain crown that is shaped and color-matched to fit in with neighboring teeth
Versatile, stable and well-accepted by the body, implants support one or more replacement teeth, bridgework or even a full arch of dentures. Patients report their implants feel like natural teeth, giving them amazing stability while eating and speaking. Plus, implants look natural!
The stability of implant devices originates in the jaw bone itself. When the Miami Lakes dental implant dentist places the device into the bone, the body begins a miraculous process called osseointegration. The bone bonds to the titanium metal, creating an unparalleled natural anchor. The body retains the device for years, and with diligent oral hygiene, the implant site remains healthy.
The Implant Candidate
According to the International Dental Health Foundation, individuals with dense jaw bones make great candidates for this procedure. However, the dentist may augment a problematic jaw with donor tissue or other treatments to prepare it for implant surgery. Ideal candidates are healthy and free of gum disease and extensive decay in other teeth. Plus, people who brush and floss regularly and get routine dental check-ups and cleanings experience success with their new teeth.
To determine readiness for dental implants, Dr. Maderal-Cozad performs a thorough oral exam, takes x-rays and does other special tests. She formulates a treatment plan and discusses patient needs and wants.
Lastly, many people undergo the implant procedure because it is comfortable. Usually accomplished with no more than a local pain shot, implant placement works well for older teens through senior adults.
Contact Allure Smile Center
Frankly, you won't know if Miami Lakes dental implants are right for you unless you ask a skilled professional. So, why not contact Ana Maderal-Cozad DDS at the Allure Smile Center? Set-up an appointment, and explore your tooth replacement options. Phone (305) 827-9148.